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June 1, 2011

Concert news: Nas, Damian Marley, Boys Noize, African American Fest

PX00249_9.JPGCharlie Wilson, the Grammy-nominated singer, and Noel Gourdine will headline the African American Festival at M&T Bank Stadium July 2 and 3, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced this morning.

At least two more acts will be announced in the coming months, said mayor spokesman Ian Brennan, one "an actor and the other is a Grammy winner."

The festival, funded this year in part through a $75,000 city grant that was approved in early May, is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast. It attracts some 300,000 people every year, according to the city.

The Summer Spirit Festival, which takes place August 14 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, has already started advertising. The Roots and Chuck Brown, who performed last year alongside Common, Erykah Badu and others, are returning this year.

The headliners are Nas and Damian Marley Jr. Tickets, which start at $44, go on sale Monday. 

Frank Turner will perform at the Ottobar September 23. No, Turner is not one of the guys in Wolfgang Kill; that would be Frank Ocean. He's a skinny British folk singer who just released his fourth studio album. Ticket information has not been announced yet. 
Boys Noize will play Ibiza DC August 5, Steez Promo, the guys responsible for Starscape, announced via Facebook today. If the German DJ's recent shows are any indication, Spank Rock might show up. And if he doesn't, he'll still play the area August 21 on Kesha's Get Sleazy tour. Tickets are on sale at

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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